“Information Technology” and “Globalization” are two major trends in the modern education.
Since its foundation, KCG has tackled not only “Information Technology”, but also “Globalization” and as a result, KCG has built close relationships with many countries around the world. The students of KCG can take advantages, that are not limited to computing but also knowledge of various fields, from special lectures (cultural and academic lectures, intensive lectures) given by researchers from those countries. In addition, students can have opportunities to experience different cultures and to become culturally aware students through our partnerships with overseas universities.
Furthermore, KCG educates computer professionals as cultural phenomenon rather than just a specialist of computer. In addition, KCG has held the spread of computer literacy as its education philosophy. The International Development of Computer Education (IDCE) program, started in 1989, is globalization of this idea and the ICDE is originally planned by KCG as voluntary activity.
This tradition and performance have received good reputation internationally, as the result, government officials from various countries including British Minister of Education visited KCG every year to inspect. This proves that KCG is the unique educational institute and has carried out good world-class education.
Thus, KCG has a capability to train global human resources because we have built a strong foundation for global growth.
By the strong network with overseas governments and universities, KCG group is leading world IT education.
In 1989, KCG founded Boston campus in the US because United States is known as a birthplace of computer culture and we also recognize computer as culture. As a computer educational institute in Japan, KCG was the only school who has branch school in the US. Since we established the Boston campus, it has been active as a base of training abroad for students and an exchange base with universities and research institutes in the US.
After opening the Boston campus, KCG built tight relationships with the researchers and professors of American universities such as Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), Massachusetts institute of Technology (MIT), Harvard University, Columbia University, and University of Illinois. Results of the exchanges have been utilized for designing new departments of KCG, which is always ahead of times. In 1993, KCG introduced new major program “Art & information” with full support of RIT faculty who had great achievements in the fields of Computer Graphics and Photography in the US. In 1996, moreover, KCG opened a computer network department with a support of young researchers who majored in computer from MIT.
With the growth of IT field, the relationship between the area of computer and business became close. Therefore, KCG’s base in the US moved to New York and the KCG New York Office was opened in 2000 in the World Trade Center, as a base for the overseas operations of the KCG Group.
After devastated on 9.11, 2001, the KCG New York Office was moved to the Rockefeller Center and resume operations to reinforce further academic network.
KCG has built friendship with neighboring country, China. Since 1996, KCG established a sister-school partnership and educational agreements with Chinese universities such as Tianjin Foreign Studies University, Xi’an Foreign Language University, Capital Normal University, and Dalian University of Foreign languages. KCG has been in charge of curriculum development of computer course and supporting computer education such as dispatching teachers.
The KCG Beijing office was founded in the national library in Beijing equal to the national diet library of Japan as a base of academic exchange with Chinese universities. After 2004, KCGI established educational agreements with Tianjin University of Science and Technology and Dalian University of Foreign languages. Furthermore, KCGI also established academic exchange agreement with Fujian Normal University. In 2008, KCG Dalian Office was founded in Dalian and relations with China and KCG has become even stronger.
The 21st century is said to be the century of China and the growth of the IT sector is also expected in the future. In this sense, it is appreciated by these universities that educational supports from KCG and KCGI is very significant. Therefore, in the 21st century, understanding Chinese culture is important so that a student plays an active part in the business scene of Asia. Thus, exchanges with Chinese universities are meaningful for students of KCG and KCGI.
Tianjin University of Science and Technology (TUST) established sister-school agreement with KCG in 1999 and opened “TUST-KCG course” in 2000. The curriculum of the course is developed by KCG and students can learn both IT and Japanese language by the course in TUST. The curriculum of the course is an unique and has novel approach because it is aimed at the fusion of Japanese language learning and computer education. In the third year, students, who wish to acquire more specialized IT and computer technology, study abroad at KCG for a year. And also, with active exchange between people of both schools, intensive lectures are held by dispatched lecturer from KCG and KCGI in spring and summer every year.
With the increased demands of computer and information technology in China, development of IT talented people has become a problem nowadays. On the other hand, Japanese companies seek an offshore development base in China and look for talented people who have both IT and Japanese skills. Therefore, the TUST-KCG course meets the current needs from the industry. The employers of the graduates are not only Chinese companies, but also Japanese IT companies. The success employment rate of graduate is high due to good reputation in the industry.
In 2008, TUST opened automotive control technology department for the first time in China with full support of KCG which is the first institute opened the automotive control technology program in Japan. TUST students attended “TUST-KCG short-term training program” to learn about automobile and IT at KCG for three weeks in the summer of 2008.
The reinforcement of relationship between KCG･KCGI and TUST is meaningful for academic and cultural exchange between Japan and China, and it can be said that our relationship has been contributed for friendship between two countries.
Since 2004, relation with Korea was started by academic exchange agreement between KCGI and Korea University Graduate School of Information Security who is the best institute to develop IT Security experts in Korea. Through the events of a Japan-Korea collaborative seminar hosted by both school in 2005 and information security workshop held by experts from Japan, Korea, and Vietnam, we have contributed for research and education development of IT field in Asia. Moreover, KCGI and Cheju National University established academic exchange agreement. In 2008, distance learning over the Internet was performed between KCGI and Cheju National University and held cyber campus for students of both schools. In addition, the dual degree program was established in 2011. The educational exchanges in the IT field of both universities are expected to continue and deepen.
and many other people from all over the world.